December 26, 2012
A Comparative Essay: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Lamp at Noon” “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a novel by Harper Lee, narrated by Jean Louise Finch whose nickname is Scout. She is a young girl from Alabama who lives in small city called Maycomb with her older brother Jem and father Atticus. She describes racism against blacks, specifically Tom Robinson. Meanwhile, the short fiction “The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross narrates the story about farmer Paul and his wife Ellen. They argue about staying or moving from the farm because of a dust storm. Both works are related with important events in U.S.´s history. “To Kill a Mockingbird” describes the U.S.´s society after Civil War and “The Lamp at Noon” takes place during the Great Depression. There are many similarities and differences between these two works in terms of themes connected to gender discrimination, empathy and sacrifice. (AN+TS) To begin, in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Lamp at Noon” one common theme is gender discrimination. For example, Scout thinks that being called a girl is the worst thing possible. She hangs out with boys and fights which signifies that she is a tomboy. Aunt Alexandra does not like that and tries to make a lady from her. Scout narrates, “Aunt Alexandra´s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; […].” (108). Next, the discrimination against women was seen also during Reverend Sykes´s sermon. He talks about women´s impurity and warns his people against them. He says, “Bootledggers caused enough Navracic, Suzuki 2
trouble in the Quarters, but women are worse. [To an audience in church].” (162) Furthermore, the gender discrimination against men is significant in that novel, too. To demonstrate, Francis is proud that grandma is going...